Save the Date! MASI Study Days – Toronto – July 2-5, 2015

The 2015 Sheptytsky Institute Study Days will take place on the campus of the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto from July 2 to July 5. The theme is Relationships in an Age of Fluidity. The following plenary speakers will be featured:

  • Timothy Kelleher on Relationships in the Age of the Internet
  • Sister Vassa Larin on Being Church in an Age of Fluidity
  • Harold and Rebecca Visser (parents of seven) on Parents, Children, and the Challenges of Secularism

Here is some information about the speakers:

tim-kelleherUntil recently, Timothy Kelleher was the new media editor at First Things magazine. The New York Times has described the magazine as the most influential religious intellectual publication in North America. Kelleher is also a film and TV actor with almost 120 appearances to his credit. And he is the producer-director of the superb DVD, “The Creed,” produced by First Things. Kelleher, who is married, will be talking about Relationships in the Age of the Internet which will address modern social media (e.g. Facebook, etc.), as well as phenomena like cyberporn and the damage it inflicts on relationships – not to mention other important issues related to the Internet. 
vassa-larinAs for Sister Vassa Larin, you may be familiar with her fascinating – and very popular show – Coffee with Sr. Vassa on YouTube. Sister Vassa is a Russian Orthodox nun, born and raised in the New York area, and a liturgist in the Catholic Theology Faculty of the University of Vienna. Her doctoral dissertation, directed by Fr. Robert Taft, SJ, the world’s leading Byzantine liturgist, was defended at the University of Munich. Among other issues, Sister Vassa will speak about the erosion of trust within church communities and how this affects both our personal lives and the Church’s witness.
vissersHarold and Rebecca Visser have been active parishioners at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine in Ottawa for almost twenty years. They met doing chastity education for young people and are now the parents of seven children ages 2-16. They are “soccer parents” and “Vespers parents.” The combination of contemporary reality and traditional devotion is very compelling. Harold has an MA and BTh in Eastern Christian Studies from the Sheptytsky Institute and is currently completing a Masters in Pastoral Theology. He works as an administrator at Augustine College, and for the Ottawa Sparrows Children’s Choir, and is a competitive soccer coordinator and coach. Rebecca manages a very busy home and does various volunteer work at church, their children’s school, and in the community.

As always we will also have at least twelve (12) smaller sessions by presenters on a full array of other topics – from ethical dimensions of the conflict in Ukraine to iconology. The final list of workshop presenters will be available soon.

Registration forms with information about accommodations and meal plans on the University of Toronto campus will be available soon.

See you in Toronto!